SolarWorld is located at the former Komatsu Plant Facility in Hillsboro, OR. OEG’s scope of work has expanded over the duration of the project to include: new central utility building (CUB), recommission electrical system, IFC, retrofit electrical panels, K3 cell tooling, process chilled water, and compressed dry air (PCW/CDA), PGE dispatch power, K4 grower tool install K4 underfloor lighting, and start-up & commissioning of scrubbers.
The 480,000 square foot plant will convert raw silicon into up to 500 MW worth of PV wafers and cells every year. The new Hillsboro facility will come online in fall 2008 and it will employ up to 1,000 people by the end of the ramp-up phase in 2009. The Hillsboro factory will provide enough PV cells to serve the entire North and South American market, including the expanded module production in Camarillo and exports to Europe and Asia.